Bulova Excellency date of birth help?

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Bulova Excellency date of birth help?

#1 Post by mob57 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:57 am

First post. Pardon the probable misused terms and descriptions as I'm a novice.

Received a nice Bulova Excellency that once belonged to my great uncle. The face reads "Boluva Excellency". The back, "10K Gold filled Bulova 9848302. From the back I removed the "body" from the crystal/frame and etched on the inside frame is what looks to be "II V III".

The watch is in wonderful cosmetic and working condition. My 90 year old mother said she believes her uncle acquired the watch in the late 40's-early 50's.

I'll attempt to post a few photos. Any information on this smallish men's watch would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Mark

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#2 Post by mob57 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:29 am

Best bet for a pic host now that photobucket wants to rob me...?

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#3 Post by watchdoc » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:15 am

Mark, you can post pictures right from your device, desktop, tablet, cell phone etc. you don't need a hosting site, especially "trashbucket" now that they're trying to screw everyone.

As for the watch, look for a "alpha/numeric" code like L1 etc. L is for the 1950's the ! would make it 1951. If it's older than that you can use this...............
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#4 Post by mob57 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:37 pm

Thank s so much watchdoc. I just returned from a watch shop where the shop keep opened the piece up to reveal the movements which read: USA Bulova Watch Co, 21 Jewels, 7AK (movement) and a stamped 49. What looks to be 5 purple gem stones. Rubies? Amethysts? He thought the movement was from around 1945. The numeric code as you pointed out shows 49. So I can call it a 1949. Excellent information sir.
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Well it looks like i'm still trying to figure out uploading the photos...rookie

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#5 Post by mob57 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:36 pm

1949 it is!
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#6 Post by watchdoc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:24 am

Looks to be a very nice example Mark, congrats.

BTW, those "rubies" are the "jewels" that help make the watch run smoothly :lol:
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#7 Post by stryfox » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:46 am

Nice one!
The jewels are like little bearings. Simply they help keep the holes in the watch where parts move from wearing out.
Usually the more jewels the better the movement.
Like everything in life it can be a lot more complicated than this but this is a simple explanation in plain English so new people can understand the basic idea.
Like it says on the movement there are 21 of them on yours.

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#8 Post by mob57 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:32 am

Thank you stryfox and watchdoc for the kind words and knowledge. Really enjoying this site and the new world (to me) of vintage watches. I have a few now and its nice to learn about them.
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#9 Post by stryfox » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:31 pm

This is a great place to learn things about watches. Very knowledgeable people here with many different specific interests willing to help.
Once you learn some of the proper jargon for things it makes it easier to search and learn more.

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